The following press release from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) highlights the tremendous potential offered by the what is BY FAR the "lowest-hanging fruit" when it comes to the world of energy – efficiency! Yes, solar and wind are great too, but step #1 is to max out on how efficiently we use energy, and right now, in large part thanks to bad laws and bad intent on the part of Dominion Power, we're not even close in Virginia. That needs to change, ASAP, and Gov. McAuliffe's initiative is a small step in the right direction…
Among states, Virginia ranks toward the bottom in efficiency; has 8th highest average electric bills
RICHMOND—Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced he is accelerating Virginia’s goal to reduce retail electricity consumption from 10 percent by 2022 to 10 percent by 2020, and establishing the Governor’s Executive Committee on Energy Efficiency to develop a state plan to ensure Virginia hits this new target.
Dawone Robinson, Virginia Policy Director at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, had the following statement in response:
“We applaud Governor McAuliffe for taking this win-win step forward for Virginia’s environment and economy. Increasing energy efficiency is our lowest-hanging fruit when it comes to reducing the carbon emissions fueling severe weather and sea-level rise. Currently, Virginia ranks toward the bottom of U.S. states in reducing energy use, which is a big reason our families pay the 8th-highest average electric bills. By investing in energy efficiency solutions, we will cut pollution while lowering the bills of low- to moderate-income homeowners and renters and putting people to work.”